Saturday, 12 September 2015

Italy - Cinque Terre and Rome

Ahhh Italy, beautiful beautiful Italy.  Italy is an amazing country.  I have been to many places in Italy now and each place is so different.  For instance you can't even begin to compare Cinque Terre to Rome.  However that being said no matter where you are in Italy the towns and cities always seem to capture the Italian culture.  

Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, fishing boats bob in harbors and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s most famous dish, pesto.

We heard a cute local story as to why the houses are painted so brightly.  Apparently in the old days fisherman would paint their house a bright colour so when they were out at sea they would be able to tell which house was theirs and therefore determine whether or not their wives were home.  Something to do with the curtains being shut or the window shutters haha.  I don't know if this is true but it's a funny story and gives a semi reason as to why the houses were all painted such bright colours. 

Sad times that I broke these sunglasses the other day :( But if you're wondering where they are from - they're from Topshop, so depressing that they broke.  Oh and if you're wondering it's not because they were bad quality that they broke... ermm... I kinda sat on them and bent the side :'(.

Mama looking cute. 

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Rome!  This was my fourth time in Rome so I am getting quite comfortable with finding my way around hehe.  Rome is one of my favourite cities I would recommend anyone to go.  It's not like any other place.  The streets and roads are so ancient and they architecture is mad.  Each corner there is another massive historical building to look at - you'll never be bored. 

I have only visited Rome on cruise ships however.  I would love to go back for a weekend one year.  Then I could see what the city is like at night.  

Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, boasts St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Nicest sandwich evvaaa! 

Bought a selfie stick off a man in the street for 10 euros haha best 10 euros spent. 

I find this picture so hilarious.  The Colosseum is thousands of years old and you think when it was first build people would go to watch gladiators fight.  Who would of ever thought thousands of years later it would just be filled with tourists and selfie sticks haha. 

So beautiful though - I could stare at it all day and picture what it would of been like when the Gladiators were there. 

This Church reminds me of Petra in Jordan haha I don't know why, it just has a look of it.

Thank you for reading and having a look at my photos.  Hopefully you found this interesting, if you have any questions please feel free to leave them below :) 

Laura xxx 

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